So, here I was, minding my own business, daydreaming about my vacation in a week, and I suddenly realized that a holiday was upon me!
I have but meager hours to stock up on Corona and lime before the grocery stores turns up their hands like the little Monopoly guy on the bankrupt card and I go wailing out the door in search of limes (because who could EVER run out of Corona?).
I have always loved Mexican food, (though, sadly, not always the mexicans), but have never really understood what it was that we all get slobbery drunk for on the 5th of May (other than for the chance of getting flashed by some poor drunk girl who thinks it is Mardi Gras).
Well, a little research turned up this:
“The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some recognition in other parts of the Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.”
So… what is it? Well, reading on I found:
“Cinco de Mayo honors the bravery and victory of General Zaragoza’s small, outnumbered militia at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.”
Ahhhhh… There we go. So, much like the Irish, we drink to brave men who fought and died for something they believe in.
works for me.